the Pope received last week in private audience Cardinal Carlo Rossi and subsequently Cardinal Nicola Canali.
After strong representations from the Vatican, the German authorities in Northern Italy commuted two death sentences on Italian priests arrested on charges of espionage and defeatism to 10 years' penal servitude, reports the Swiss Italian-language newspaper Lihera Stampa. Eighty other arrested priests were released.
The south front of the Cathedral and the Town Hall of Aachen were heavily damaged in a recent raid, according to German reports.
Poland was among the 25 nations which Osservatore Romano mentioned as having condemned the Vatican bombing.
The remains of Fr. lana.sik, late Auditor of the Holy Roman Rota, have been transferred to a temporary resting place in Campo Verano Cemetery, Rome, until they can be transferred to the permanent tomb in the Polish church of St. Stanislaus.
A big public demonstration is to be held in San Jose, Costa Rica, in support of the Archbishop, to whom President Jorge Uhico, of Guatemala, refused a visa to attend the Eucharist Congress at Guatemala, and who was accused of being a Communist by the Guatemala press, states Reuter.
Bari Radio (Badogllo Government), quoting a Swedish newspaper, reports friction between the Vatican and the German military authorities in occupied Italy, says Reuter. A protest has been made by the Holy See, said the Radio, in connection with the arrest of General Caracciolo and of the Dean of the Convent where he had taken refuge.
More than a million and a quarter dollars was contributed to the U.S.A. Bishops' War Emergency and Relief Fund last year, making possible the greatest war and relief work of charity in the history of the Church in the United States, it is revealed by Mgr. Stritch, Archbishop of Chicago.
Decrees of nullity were issued in only 40 of the 76 cases involving the marriage bond which came before the Sacred Tribunal of the Rota during the itaidicaLyear 1942-43.
Among the evidences in Rome of the world-wide charity of the Pope are kitchens which are distributing 20,000 meals daily to the Roman poor. The last opened was named in honour of Sister Severina, who was killed during a bombardment of Rome as she was preparing meals to serve to the victims of a previous bombardment.